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Property and Facilities

A Place for Everything

October 2016

We all dream of a sparkly clean and tidy tack room, and whether you’re the only one, or one of many who use it, there is always a great sense of pleasure when it is neat, organised and you can find everything with ease! Regardless of whether you’re lucky enough to be building new feed and tack rooms, or you’ve got an old one, or you’re just making do, the same problems need to be addressed. 

Horsing Around the World: Canada

August 2016

There’s nothing like the practical experience of travelling, visiting and talking with horsemen and women in different countries to learn how they work with their horses and their land.  This month, Canadian horse owner Laura Agostini talks about the challenges of managing horses sustainably in a cool climate and calls on others to  become proactive land stewards. 

Arena Maintenance: Tips & Advice

August 2016

Arena surfaces have a life span (generally 5-7 years) and regular maintenance is the only way to ensure you get the most out of your surface.  If your arena receives a lot of traffic, you will need to undertake maintenance practices more often than an arena used on the odd occasion.  A service for your arena may involve getting a professional in every three, six or 12 months, depending on the use of your arena, to laser level the surface back to it’s original state. Drag the arena surface regularly using a product designed specifically for arena maintenance

Choosing the Best Arena Edging

July 2016

Following on from quality construction, the next most important decision is what type of Arena Surround you will be using and if you are going to landscape or plant around your arena. Todd Cunningham from Equestrian Land Developments outlines a number of options that can be used and the points to keep in mind when making your decision and on final placement of your surrounds. Sleepers

Arena Surfaced

June 2016

Choosing the most suitable surface for your needs requires a lot of consideration. Todd Cunningham from Equestrian Land Developments outlines a few factors to take into account when making your final decision about your new arena. Budget will, ultimately, play a large role. You cannot expect to get the ride and feel of a European Surface, with specific sands and additives (which may be worth $80,000 or more) from a local sand (which might only cost around $2,000+). 

What Lies Beneath? Top Tips for Arena Design

May 2016

More often than not arena rebuilds are required as a result of poorly designed and constructed bases or from the use of unsuitable materials all in the effort to cut costs.    Outlined below are a few points to take into consideration when designing and constructing your arena from the ground up.  Correct and quality earthworks are key. Getting your sister’s best friend, or your uncle who owns a Drott up the road to do the work for a carton of beer, isn’t always the ideal way to start out your construction. 

Top Tips to Keep a New Sand Arena in Tip Top Condition

April 2016

Despite the claims, the only all-weather arenas are fully enclosed, covered ones. All outdoor arenas will be affected by the elements in one way or another, and the surface and riding conditions will vary with the changing of the seasons and weather conditions. 

Save with Solar

March 2016

The massive take-up of solar power generating systems means it is more affordable than ever to begin harnessing energy from sunlight. Portable, solar powered electric fence systems are ideal for horse properties and, with some basic know-how and a handful of accessories, you can put together your own functional and reasonably inexpensive system.

Managing Horses in Groups: Part 2

May 2015

Horses and People Editor Cristina Wilkins talks with veterinarian and pony breeder Tom Davis about his experiences managing a breeding herd as a single family group and his reasons for not weaning.  A passionate advocate of welfare for both horses and people, Tom explains the all-round benefits of allowing horses to express their social nature and social habits, and details his approach to solving any logistical challenges. Last month, in Part 1, Tom spoke about general husbandry, feed and pasture management, in this final part he covers breeding and weaning.

Pilot Study Tests ‘Peat Pads’ Bedding as a Way to Improve Air Quality in Stables

May 2015

A recently published pilot study compared traditional straw with a novel bedding product, suggesting it can improve the air quality in stables by reducing dust and ammonia concentration levels. The Noord-Holland Centre of Technology (TCNN) worked in collaboration with the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (Leeuwarden), a veterinary practice and local R&D businesses, to study the performance of peat pads as a stable bedding and how it effect air quality in the stables. Background

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